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Allie Bennett Allie Bennett is a composer, fiddler, bass and guitar player, teacher and an ECMA winner.
Allison Momberquette Allison Momberquette, an up and coming fiddler who hails from Richmond County
Andrea Beaton Andrea Beaton is the daughter of Cape Breton Fiddler Kinnon Beaton and piano player Betty (MacMaster) Beaton.
Ashley MacIsaac Ashley MacIsaac has brought Cape Breton fiddle music to almost every corner of the world. Ashley is a fiddler, piano player, stepdancer...a performer.
Betty Lou Beaton Betty Lou Beaton has been a staple of Cape Breton music for years.
Brenda Stubbert Brenda Stubbert learned the music at the foot of her father, Robert.
Brent Aucoin Brent Aucoin's playing has been compared to that of the legendary Arthur Muise.
Buddy MacMaster Buddy MacMaster is known as the 'Master of the Cape Breton Fiddle'.
Carl MacKenzie Carl MacKenzie has written many tunes over the years and has several recordings to his name.
Chrissy Crowley Chrissy Crowley has been musically influenced by both sides of her family including her late Grandfather Archie Neil Chisholm who was a founding member of the Cape Breton Fiddler's Association.
Colin Grant Colin Grant started his musical career in Toronto and very early found the Cape Breton style of playing under the wing of noted fiddler Sandy MacIntyre.
Dave MacIsaac Dave MacIsaac is a musicians' musician. John Allan Cameron once said, if you put strings on a cod he could play it.
Dawn & Margie Beaton Dawn & Margie Beaton are a fiddling-stepdancing sister team from Mabou.
Doug MacPhee Doug MacPhee is one of the most respected piano players to ever grace a Cape Breton stage.
Douglas Cameron Douglas Cameron is proof that traditional Cape Breton fiddle music is in good hands.
Eddie Rogers Eddie Rogers has been guiding young and older fiddlers for a number of years.
Father Angus Morris Father Angus Morris is one of many Catholic Priests who have been involved with Cape Breton music over the years.
Father John Angus Rankin The Cape Breton Fiddler's Association hosted the first Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling in 1973.
Glenn Graham Glenn Graham is a Judique Fiddler who has benefitted from a rich blood line of music from both the Graham and Beaton sides of his family.
Howie MacDonald
Howie MacDonald is a fiddler who can easily fill a dance floor and a dance hall
Jennifer Roland Jennifer Roland is one of the many multi talented performers
Joe Peter MacLean Joe Peter MacLean from Boisdale Cape Breton is a Gaelic speaker and the music from his fiddle speaks Gaelic as well.
Joey Beaton Joey Beaton's heritage is closely linked with Cape Breton music.
Kimberley Fraser Kimberley Fraser has travelled to many parts of the world
Kinnon Beaton Kinnon Beaton comes from a long line of fiddlers from the Mabou area.
Lawrence Cameron Lawrence Cameron, like his mother is a noted piano player.
Leanne Aucoin Leanne Aucoin from Sydney Mines comes by the music honestly with music all around her.
Mac Morin Mac Morin, is in high demand as a piano player and accompanist.
Melody and Derrick Cameron Melody and Derrick Cameron make West Mabou their home.They are deeply involved in the music.
Natalie MacMaster Natalie MacMaster originally from Troy, Inverness County
Rachel Davis Rachel Davis is a young fiddler from Baddeck in Cape Breton.
Rodney MacDonald Rodney MacDonald is a Mabou fiddler whose family heritage is a great legacy for the music.
Shelly Campbell Shelly Campbell hails from West Bay Road, Cape Breton and has been playing music since a young age.
Stan Chapman Stan Chapman is credited with mentoring many of today's 'fiddle stars'
The Barra MacNeils The Sydney Mines six have been part of the Cape Breton cultural landscape
Theresa MacLellan Theresa MacLellan, often referred to as the 'First Lady of the Cape Breton Fiddle' comes from an admired family of musicians.
Tracy Dares MacNeil Tracy Dares MacNeil has been playing music for many years.
Troy MacGillivray Troy MacGillivray has become one of the most sought after performers of his generation.
Wendy MacIsaac Wendy MacIsaac hails from Creignish, Inverness County and is considered to be an excellent example of young performers who have kept the tradition of Cape Breton music alive.
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Sunday May 26 , 2019
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Festival 2018



Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association Honours Cape Breton Composers


The 45th annual Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling will take place at the Gaelic College, St. Ann’s,

on Saturday, August 18th, and Sunday, August 19th, 2018.  Highlights include performances by local fiddlers known for the excitement they generate while playing lively jigs, strathspeys, and reels in particular.  Guest fiddlers from Glengarry, Ontario, and members of the Queen’s County Fiddlers, Prince Edward Island, to name a few, will add to the performances. 


Among the many threads that will weave throughout the festival are tunes written by Cape Breton’s most noted composers.  They are now well entrenched among fiddlers here and away who are fond of the traditional music.  Gordon MacQuarrie released The Cape Breton Collection of Scottish Melodies in 1940.  It contained some of the most sought after tunes of the day.  Later, compositions by Dan R. MacDonald and Dan Hughie MacEachern were published in the 1970’s in response to the deep appetite for local compositions by the two icons.  Like the MacQuarrie Collection, they too continue to find their way among the popular melodies still played by today’s musicians.  Other composers whose memory lives on in the published tunes they left behind are Donald Angus Beaton, Jerry Holland, and John Campbell.


A statement supporting the 17th annual festival, by well-known pianist and an authority on the music, Doug MacPhee, appears to be still in order.  “Some tunes never die and never seem to lose their appeal to both musicians and their audiences.”  At that time, MacPhee went on to say, “The body of work in growing and thriving.”  MacPhee’s statement has not lost validity.  Such is the case demonstrated by the current generation of Cape Breton composers: Brenda Stubbert, Kinnon Beaton and Carl MacKenzie, etc.  


The festival will feature a series of workshops, taught by well-known and respected instructors on Saturday, the 18th, in fiddling, stepdancing, and piano playing.  A concert will take place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., followed by a square dance.  Also on the 18th, for the first time, there will be a “tune-sharing” session at some point.  On Sunday, the 19th, the Gala Concert is happening from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All concerts will feature the very best of local, national, and international fiddlers, pianists, dancers, instrumentalists, etc. 


The Gaelic College facilities are excellent for fantastic scenery, audience comfort, parking, and quality canteen service.  Rodney MacDonald, CEO of the Gaelic College, states, “We are happy once again to host this annual event featuring the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association.  Their music represents a wonderful legacy in Celtic music.”


For further information, telephone the CBFA at 902-849-8476, the Gaelic College at 902-295-3411, or Nova Scotia Tourism at 1-800-565-0000.  CBFA’s website is, and our email is “”.

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